1980 Volkswagen Dasher 1.5 non turbo diesel


Fun, solid, economical, rare sports car


Nothing with the car itself, but sitting in a barn for 10 years it needed an oil change, fuel tank flush, brakes all around, and fuel filter.

General Comments:

Great rare 2 door VW Dasher Diesel, so much fun to drive and easily gets 50-60 MPG! It's not fast, but gets you where you want to go with 25 second 0-60 and top speed of 67mph, but you get compliments all the time as it's so rare and you rarely need to fuel up.

Very solid car, built with steel and real solid materials! I will only drive it during the summer and to car shows as it is rust free and I want to keep it that way!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2019

8th Jan 2019, 14:03

Hah. Years ago, I had a 1981 Dasher diesel wagon. I called it Lisle, as in:






1978 Volkswagen Dasher 4 door sedan


Looks good, but be patient when living with it


Gas tank leaks, hehe.

Heater went out in the middle of winter in Chicago, not fun when I've got 5 people in the car, and the steam is immediately frozen on the windows, so we'd have to scrap the ice from the inside! I bet you haven't done that before! But with a Volkswagon Dasher, you can give it a try!

The car doesn't like to start when it's hot. Push, put in 2nd gear, and drop the clutch, then you are fine.

General Comments:

When I open the hood, nothing underneath is not rusted. But somehow, it runs, it's a miracle. I traveled all around the east coast in the car, winter and summer, quite a few times, but always managed to move from point A to point B within a day. Pretty good for a car that I paid $500 and sold for $30 when the radiator water leaked into the engine, causing me to weep while driving in the white cloud of smoke.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2006

22nd Jan 2014, 19:39

Reminds me of a few old cars I had growing up. Back then a VW Dasher was a cheap beater... Nowadays a Dasher in decent shape can command a premium from Volkswagen collectors/enthusiasts, due to their rarity... Especially if it's a diesel. If you can find one that isn't rusted away to nothing, grab onto it quick and don't let go. Good luck to anyone restoring one of these, as I imagine parts are now very scarce.